Whether you plan to elope or to round up family and friends for a destination wedding, here are several fine B&Bs for your Michigan wedding — each listed with convenient, direct links to useful information.
If you live in Michigan and want to take your nuptials on the road, why go anywhere else but Michigan? If you live elsewhere, three major interstate highways and more than a dozen airports serve the Upper and Lower Peninsulas.
Advantages of holding your Michigan wedding at a bed and breakfast, such as the Huron House (above photo), which specializes in elopements:
- Personalized service from the moment you get in touch. At most B&Bs, you’ll deal directly with the owner.
- Innkeepers intimately know the spaces and logistical details of their facilities and the area. They know you want the wedding your way and will readily be able to answer questions and help you realize your vision.
- For services such as food and beverage, B&Bs offer more flexibility than the take-ours-or-go-elsewhere policies at hotels. Most innkeepers have a list of local suppliers whose quality of service is proven.
- When a wedding party books all the rooms, you’ll have exclusive access to the grounds and common areas, allowing for morning yoga or late-night ruminations in front of the fire. (Inquire in advance about the degree of access for wedding guests not staying on the property. For everyone’s safety and security, policies are probably in place.)
Here, in alphabetical order, are the best B&Bs for a Michigan wedding, with links to more info on their websites.
Bay View Bed and Breakfast, Mackinac Island
So many people from all over want to get married on this charming island that you don’t “settle for” a Tuesday wedding; you grab it. At this B&B, where your wedding flowers will arrive on a horse-drawn wagon, hold your wedding for up to 30 people in the Veranda Dining Room or on the inn’s large sundeck overlooking the harbor. For an elopement or micro-wedding, take a look at staging your nuptials on the Honeymoon Suites’s harbor- and water-view balcony. Read more.
Chateau Chantal, Traverse City
The newlyweds all but certainly will be toasted with wine, considering that Chateau Chantal is one of Michigan’s best-known and most beautiful wineries. Working within township policies requiring all wedding attendees to book rooms at the winery’s bed and breakfast, Chateau Chantal organized four different wedding options: elopements for two; very small weddings for up to 12 people; slightly larger weddings for up to 25, and large weddings of up to 44 people. For the latter, the guest list can expand to 100, with some guests staying off-site. Read more.
To give you the perfect wedding day, inn owners and sisters Francina and Roderica James. have lined up a team of experts, including a wedding planner, officiant, floral designer, photographer, and wedding cake baker. As soon as you email them about your interest in getting married at their restored 1870 Brush Park home, the Jameses will send you a pdf detailing their Classic and Signature packages. Up to 25 people can be accommodated. Learn more about Cochrane House.
Dempsey Manor B&B Inn and Victorian Tea Room, Manistee
Speak your vows in the glass conservatory of this incredible one-time lumber baron’s mansion in Manistee. Dempsey Manor’s Wedding at the Manor Package includes seating for 20 people, an officiant, changing rooms for the bridal party, a high tea reception and champagne toast. Special discounted room rates of up to 25 percent are offered on two-night stays for members of the bridal party or their guests.
Ginkgo Tree Inn, Mount Pleasant
As an in-demand mid-Michigan wedding photographer, Layla Davis has keenly observed many weddings and receptions through her lens. Since she and her husband David Davis acquired Ginkgo Tree Inn in 2021, they have been combining Layla’s wedding know-how with their entrepreneurial experience to build up the inn’s long-established reputation as a venue for events of all kinds — which could include your Michigan wedding. The patio overlooking the Chippewa River and a city park can accommodate an event for up to 120 people. Indoors, the inn’s first-floor can hold up to 40 for a sit-down event. If you want to add a whiskey or tequila tasting feature, you can have it because this venue is licensed. Read more about the inn.
Goldberry Woods, Union Pier
This large property has at least two ideal locations for a wedding: inside a white Modern Farmhouse-style barn, or amid a magnificent stand of pines, seen above. Or, if you want to hold your elopement or vows renewal against the backdrop of the chicken coop or swimming pool or while kayaking down the Galien River, it could probably be arranged because these innkeepers want to make your two-night getaway fun as well as stress-free. Read more. They also offer small, customizable weddings for up to 75 with everyone staying in the B&B rooms or cottages.
Historic Webster House, Bay City
Eloping? Arrive with your marriage license and rings, and the event planner at this grand, restored inn will take care of all the other details of an elopement package for two, a two-hour afternoon or evening event held indoors or in the gardens under a pergola. Staying a night or two is optional but don’t decide until after you see the seven romantic rooms. Also offered: a well-thought-out Intimate Wedding Package, a three-hour event for up to 14. Sunday through Thursday ceremonies cost less.
Huron House, Oscoda
Long known as a romantic destination, this B&B on Lake Huron lacks event space and the owners didn’t want loud wedding parties intruding on the peace and privacy of other guests anyway. But Huron House has found a niche in elopements and “micro” weddings. It offers elegant elopement packages for just the two of you or for the bridal couple and four friends or family members. Or, between October and May, you can rent the entire inn for two nights for up to 28 people, including the bridal couple, and hold an intimate and memorable wedding. Read more.
Kingsley House Bed and Breakfast Inn, Fennville
The two of you are cordially invited to elope at Kingsley House in the heart of Southwest Michigan’s wine country. Say your vows on the porch or anywhere on the grounds. The elopement package includes the services of an officiant, witnesses, and lady-in-waiting assistance for the bride. The two of you will get flowers, a small cake, and locally made sparkling wine for a toast. A photographer will commemorate your Michigan wedding. Unlike most other B&Bs which host weddings, you can stay as few as one night in connection with your nuptials — but you’ll want to stay another night or two because this is a great place.
Nordic Pineapple Bed and Breakfast, St. Johns
Early in their stewardship of this beautiful historic home, Nordic Pineapple B&B owners Kjersten and Greg decided that smaller indoor or outdoor weddings — up to 32 persons — were just right for their property. All wedding packages include lodging for two nights in all seven guest rooms, which can accommodate up to 19 persons. The bride and groom are given the flexibility to provide their own decorations and food and beverage service. A rehearsal dinner can be added on.
Presque Isle Lodge, Presque Isle
In Northeast Michigan, sandwiched between Grand Lake and Lake Huron, the Presque Isle Lodge is very popular for reunions and weddings in season. A hundred guests can be seated in the dining room side of the lodge and more on the lobby side. The innkeepers are flexible with respect to food service. If you don’t want a catered, sit-down meal, they’ll discuss other options, such as appetizers only, candy and dessert bar, backyard BBQ, potluck, mini food stations, and even food trucks. Read more about weddings at the lodge.